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Meaning of 'Merely playing for time'



 
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Meaning of 'Merely playing for time' #1 (permalink) Wed Mar 31, 2004 14:45 pm   Meaning of 'Merely playing for time'
 

Test No. incompl/advan-14 "Time Expressions (2)", question 3

My opinion is that they don't know what to do and are merely playing ......... time.

(a) to
(b) for
(c) at
(d) in

Test No. incompl/advan-14 "Time Expressions (2)", answer 3

My opinion is that they don't know what to do and are merely playing for time.

Correct answer: (b) for

Hi Alan and Torsten! Explain me, please! ....Merely playing for time....

Thank you

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Playing for time #2 (permalink) Wed Mar 31, 2004 15:33 pm   Playing for time
 

Hi,

Just waiting to get extra time.

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Playing for time #3 (permalink) Sat Apr 10, 2004 21:22 pm   Playing for time
 

Alan wrote:
Hi,

Just waiting to get extra time.

Alan

Hello Alan! Thank you!
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Meaning of 'Merely playing for time' #4 (permalink) Sun May 11, 2008 13:37 pm   Meaning of 'Merely playing for time'
 

How else do you say this? Gaining time? Is it correct?
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Meaning of 'Merely playing for time' #5 (permalink) Sun Mar 11, 2012 22:59 pm   Meaning of 'Merely playing for time'
 

Expressions with "for time"

-be hard pressed for time = be pushed for time
-be pressed for time
-i am pushed for time
-play for time =stall for time
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Meaning of 'Merely playing for time' #6 (permalink) Sun Mar 11, 2012 23:04 pm   Meaning of 'Merely playing for time'
 

for a time = stay somewhere for a time
............= I lived in Egypt for a time.

for some time= for a fairly long period

I worked in this school for some time.
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